Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
A large part of the holiday is a once-a-year dessert appropriately named the Moon Cake. Erik had several flavors of Moon Cake at work, but I only had the traditional version pictured here. The yellow, egg center represents the full moon. It is hard to describe the flavor. The outside is similar to a pie crust and the texture of the inside is very thick, like fudge. The egg center is not a egg yolk, but is made of egg and tasted like the rest, sort of a combination of peanut and maple flavor. I am sure what you are imagining is not how it actually tastes, but we are unable to describe it better. The funny thing about the Moon Cake is the Chinese emphatically exclaim how sweet it is, but to us, it was barely sweet at all. (Editing: I learned the tan filling in the moon cake is ground lotus seeds, which explains why it tasted similar to peanut butter.)
The night was very enjoyable with happiness in the air.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
This weekend we shopped for furniture and explored the area near our apartment. We were excited to discover it is a manageable walk from the apartment to the Jordan MTR (subway) stop. I am not sure where I'll do the main grocery shopping. There is a great grocery store one MTR stop away, but it is the HK equivalent to Whole Foods and that's just too pricey.
On Saturday, we went out for pizza in Central; it was very good. Then we had some beers in Lan Kwai Fung, the area where all the bars are. It was a good time.
Below are a few pictures of the hotel where we are staying and the view from the entrance. The room is very modest compaired to the lobby. You can see how hazy and humid it is from the harbor picture. This haze is mostly pollution. I promise to take pictures of some food tomorrow. I was so hungry for dinner tonight that I couldn't wait :-)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I like spending time at Pacific Coffee and using the internet and reading magazines. Once the apartment is secured, it will be a mad rush of shopping to acquire all the necessities. The past few days, I have been shopping for furniture, but won't purchase anything until the apartment is secured.
I told some people I would take pictures of my food, and I will start doing it. We have been getting most dinners at the local grocery store, Jusco. They have a large selection of prepared food and it is cheap. Last night I got a large container with half noodles and half vegetables. It fed me for two large dinners. This container cost $18HK or $2.30US. The noodles were fried with veges like lo mein and the 'vegetables' were a very popular green here in HK that seems like a cross between bok choy and broccoli rabe. The ones I got at Jusco were sauteed with garlic. Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised by the cost of things; cheaper than anticipated.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
One of my goals for the blog is to experience the food in Asia and make note of the differences to US food. My first experience was at the hotel (in the US) when I saw a Chinese man eating a breakfast of oatmeal topped with jalapenos and scallions. It was unsweetened oatmeal and my guess is that he was trying to create a congee type dish. I haven't had congee yet, but am eager to try it. I think it is like a savory cream of wheat but made from rice.
I will try to post several times a week once I am in Hong Kong on September 7.